The setting of this book was just breathtaking and I wish there were real places like this. Where the trees are big enough you can build entire cities within their branches. The world of Aratay is a place where every town, city and village is built on enormous connection of tree branches. “The Queen of Blood” is a book full of nature with spirits (they are like the fey). These are not nice folk, they want to kill you and the only thing keeping them from doing that is the queen.
In this world it’s all about the queen. We really get a very small look at the world these people live in. As the queen talks about other queens around their world. I am really hoping we get to see more of the surrounding areas in the next books.
Out of all the characters I really loved Bayn. He is a side character and a wolf. I really hope we get more of his story in the next book as well!!! He is SO not a normal wolf!!!
I also really loved Daleina. She is such a strong character. Even when her magic doesn't work, like everyone else's, she still has the determination to do what she needs to do. She reminded me of the girl from the movie “The Worst Witch”. She messes up a lot, but it never deters her from going after the goal she set out to do. I really love the message from her that even though things may not work out the way you planned you shouldn't give up. You just need to work hard and give life a suck it sandwich.
The plot was very good in “The Queen of Blood”. Although I did guess the ending I didn't guess all of it. The ending to this was half predicable and half OMG I'm crying my eyes out, please kill me now!! It was so hard to put this book down and go do those required adult things…like laundry and dinner. The flow moves at a slower pace, which worked wonderful for this story. It’s in a few POVs, but it flows so well you won't be wondering who's POV you are in, so don't worry.
“The Queen of Blood” is a high fantasy novel that blends fantasy and nature seamlessly. It was very hard to put down this novel. You shouldn't miss! This is for higher young adult through adult readers!
Go Into This One Knowing
There is some sexual content and gore.
There are no love triangles.
This isn’t a cliffhanger.
Set in the magical world of Renthia, The Queen of Blood is Sarah Beth Durst’s ambitious entry into adult epic fantasy. With the danger of Peter Brett’s The Warded Man, heart of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, and lyricism of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind, this is the first chapter in a series destined to be a classic.
Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .
But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.
With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.